Palo Alto High School
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|Palo Alto High School|
|50 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, California, 94301
|School type||Public, comprehensive high school|
|School district||Palo Alto Unified School District|
|Oversight||Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools|
|Assistant Principals||Jerry Berkson, Kathie Laurence, Victoria Kim|
|Area||Northern Santa Clara County|
|Color(s)||Green & White|
|Feeder schools||Jordan Middle School
JLS Middle School
Terman Middle School
Palo Alto Senior High School, known locally as Paly, is a public comprehensive high school. It was founded in 1898 and is one of the oldest high schools in the region. Located in Palo Alto, California, it is in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is adjacent to Stanford University. Paly is known for its academically rigorous environment and also carries on a distinguished athletic tradition, marked by a rivalry with crosstown Gunn High School.
- 1,957 students: 985 Male (50.3%), 972 Female (49.7%)
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- The Campanile, the high school newspaper. It prints 26 broadsheet pages once every three weeks. It has won four Pacemaker awards and also a West regional award for editorial excellence from Time. The current teacher and advisor of the Campanile is Esther Wojcicki.
- Verde is Paly's school magazine publication, published five times each year and available online. Verde has won Pacemaker and Gold Crown awards for scholastic journalism, including the 2005 Gold Crown award in the Newspaper category. In 2006 Verde won the Best in Show at National Journalism Convention held in San Francisco. In 2008 Verde was one of four newsmagazines awarded the Pacemaker award from the National Scholastic Press Association, considered to be the "Pulitzer Prizes of student journalism."
- The Paly Voice, launched in the 2002-3 school year, is Paly's online news source. It features searchable archives of all other Paly publications as well as exclusive online content. In the spring of 2005 the site won both the People's Voice and Overall Webby Award in the "Student" category. The Voice was also one of the national Online Pacemaker award recipients in 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004, and was a finalist for the same award in 2003.
- Proof is Paly's arts and entertainment magazine. It was first published second semester of the 2009-2010 school year. The magazine is a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Silver Crown Medalist. Since then Proof has placed again in the CSPA for its 2010-2011 issues.
Titles won by teams from Palo Alto High School range from CIF State Championships in Boys Varsity Basketball in 1993 and 2006, a football Division I state championship in 2010, volleyball Division I state championships in 2010 and 2011, to CCS Championships in Football in 1995, 2006, 2007, and 2010, and countless CCS titles in other sports. In 2010, both the Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams won the inaugural Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Championships.
Paly has 23 varsity teams, including football, swimming, as well as badminton, softball, basketball, track and field/cross country running, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling teams. The school is also home to several athletic clubs, including an Ultimate Frisbee Club.
The 2010 Palo Alto High School football team went undefeated, compiling a record of 14-0. The season culminated with a 15-13 upset victory for Paly over the nation's 5th-ranked team, Centennial High of Corona, to claim the first Division I State Championship in school history. Palo Alto finished the season at #13 in the nation in Maxpreps's final rankings.
The Palo Alto High School girls volleyball won the Division 1 California State Championship in the fall of 2010, two weeks before the school's varsity football team also won the Division State championship. The volleyball team finished the season with a 41-1 record, breaking the school's record for most wins in a season from the previous season's team. Palo Alto finished the season ranked #2 in the country. The team won another Division 1 California State Championship the following year to become back-to-back Volleyball State Champions, finishing ranked #1 in the nation by Maxpreps.
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The school's basketball team won the California state championship in 1993.
In addition, the 2006 boys basketball team won the Division II state title after defeating Mater Dei of Southern California in a close 51-47 game. One member of that year's team, Jeremy Lin, is as of 2012 a member of the Houston Rockets NBA team.
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